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17th ‘Dhaka International Film Festival’ begins today

 Entertainment Correspondent

 Published: 10:22 AM, 10 January 2019   Updated: 10:22 AM, 10 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The 17th ‘Dhaka International Film Festival’ begins today (on Thursday). It will show 218 films from 72 countries. Rainbow Film Parliament is organizing the event.

On the occasion of the festival, a press conference was organized at capital's Dhaka Club on Wednesday noon. Festival director Ahmed Mujtaba Jamal, actor Ilias Kanchan and cultural personality M Hamid were present at the press conference.

At the press conference, the speakers informed that all preparations have been completed. The festival will be inaugurated on January 10 at 10:00 am at the main auditorium of the National Museum. Former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the film festival.

During the festival, prominent cultural figures of the country including international renowned filmmakers, critics, and journalists, representatives of different embassies and members of various film societies will be present. 12 Judges from all over the country will choose films. 

Ilias Kanchan said that he is a jury for the Asian Competition Department this year. On the other hand, producer Rubayat Hossain is also in the Jury Board of the Women’s Film section.

This year’s festival is organized with a theme ‘Better Film, Better Audience and Better Society’. It will continue till January 18. Of these, 8 teams will be competing. These are: Retrospective department, Bangladesh Panorama, Film of the World, Children's Film, Spiritual Films, Independent Film and Women's Film Section.

The nine-day festival will be displayed Shawkat Osman Memorial auditorium of Bangladesh Central Public Library, Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum, Alliance Francaise Auditorium and Blockbuster Cinema halls. The exhibition will be going on every day at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. 

In the meantime, the exhibition of the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium of the National Museum, Alliance Francaise Auditorium and the National Academy of Art Academy will be opened to all. However, all the exhibitions will be freely opened for the students, organizers said.